First Music and Arts Season continues 2014 -
Sunday Afternoons Live

4:00 pm in the Auditorium

First Music and Arts presents another outstanding season in the intimate setting of our Auditorium, complete with coffee, tea, and light snacks.  Tickets are $20 per person (available at the door), and all school-aged youth are free.  Our season is gratefully underwritten by the late Stella Miazga, a non-church member who attended our concerts and generously bequeathed funds to support the series after her death.

January 28 — Hear Director of Music, Dr. Craig Scott Symons, discussing Sunday Afternoons Live with Tony Savino on WGCH Radio. (download mp3). Also hear Barbara Norrgard and Pat Geismar on the “Darby and Friends” show, 1/27 (2 parts).

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Craig – 6 minutes

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Barbara and Pat (1) – 17 min.

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Barbara and Pat (2) – 7 min.

SAL 2014 musicians

Sunday, February 2                   Sunday, February 9                 Sunday, February 16                 Sunday, February 23

Sunday, February 2:  Chad Smith, saxophone


Sax-O-Philm
is a unique theatrical concert experience which recreates the atmosphere of the 1920’s.  It is a fully scripted and produced show, featuring the music of vaudeville saxophonist Rudy Wiedoeft, as performed by Broadway saxophonist Chad Smith, on both alto and c melody saxophones.  Sax-O-Philm will transport audiences of all ages back to a time during which radio, ragtime, silent movies and flappers were all the rage. Projected silent films, photo montages, and interesting anecdotes of the period round out the show.

Piano and harp accompany Chad to capture the unforgettable sound of the Golden Age.  The storyline embodies the character of Wiedoeft through his style, humor, charm and showmanship.  Sax-O-Philm’s unique blend of live music, world-class talent and multimedia make this a concert event unlike any other.  Please visit saxophilm.com for more information.

Chad Smith first developed his interest in 1920’s saxophone virtuoso Rudy Wiedoeft while studying with Ted Hegvik at West Chester University in 1992.  Chad’s talent with multiple woodwind instruments has made him a sought after Broadway, film recording and concert performer.  He has been a member of the Broadway orchestras of Wicked, Legally Blonde, Follies and A Christmas Story.


Sunday, February 9:  Peter Griggs, guitar


The Guitar In America
concentrates on the unique styles of American guitar music, including traditional finger-picking, ragtime, blues, jazz and popular song, and includes music by Robert Johnson, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Wes Montgomery and others.

Peter Griggs is a guitarist and composer from New York City. He has presented more than 450 solo guitar concerts in the USA and Europe – primarily in Germany and the United Kingdom, as well as in Scandinavia, the Baltic States, the Low Countries, France, Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic and Croatia – at art centers, museums, galleries, libraries, churches, festivals and jazz clubs. His repertoire includes classical music of all periods – from Renaissance to modern – as well as flamenco, jazz, Brazilian music and his own compositions.


Sunday, February 16:  Lindsay Kesselman, soprano  and  Christopher James Lees, pianist


The Many Faces of Love
presents a stirring assortment of pieces that bring light to various corners, many rarely heard, of this elusive emotion. Using contemporary American vocal music, sacred and romantic songs are intermixed with passionate, flights of fancy, darkly private and overwhelmingly exuberant expressions of affection.  I guarantee you’ll “love” it!


Lindsay Kesselman
is an American soprano currently on tour with the Philip Glass Ensemble as a member of his groundbreaking opera, Einstein on the Beach.  A specialist in contemporary vocal repertoire and chamber music, Ms. Kesselman actively commissions and records accessible, vibrant, and thought provoking music of our time.


Christopher James Lees
is a prize-winning orchestral conductor, and has performed with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, and National Arts Centre Orchestra among many others.  He is the Associate Director of Orchestras at the University of Michigan and moonlights as a collaborative pianist, primarily of contemporary vocal music.

Sunday, February 23:  Masayuki Maki, harpsichord

Music of Bach’s Time and Our Time.  This program will present harpsichord music composed by J. S. Bach, his teacher Georg Böhm, and his son C. P. E. Bach, and, at the same time, you will hear harpsichord music composed by our contemporaries, such as the Dutch composer Louis Andriessen and the Japanese composer Toru Takemitsu.  Hearing the music from the old and new, the east and west, do you think the music is changed by time and space, or our perception of them is changed by music?

A multi-instrumentalist on various classical keyboard instruments, Masayuki Maki has extensive experience in lecturing and performing in America and Asia. He was formerly Associate Instructor of harpsichord performance and keyboard accompaniment at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and is now adjunct faculty at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College of the City University of New York, teaching harpsichord, organ, fortepiano, and chamber music.

Maki often performs in prestigious concert venues such as Carnegie Hall, Forbidden City Concert Hall (China), and Suntory Hall (Japan). He regularly works at the Metropolitan Opera and New York City Opera as harpsichord technician, and is currently completing his doctorate in harpsichord at Stony Brook where he is also Assistant Director of the Stony Brook Opera.

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